Powermode has announced that its families of Q-on branded uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems are fully RoHS (Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances) compliant.
The RoHS directive limits the amount of four metals – lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium – and two brominated flame retardants – poly brominated biphenyl and poly brominated diphenyl ether – that can exist in a product.
Philip Hampton, chief technology officer at Powermode, says his company is among the first in South Africa to provide customers with a UPS product range that is fully compliant with RoHS.
“We are working closely with our suppliers to ensure that all materials going into Q-on products are compliant with the RoHS directive,” he says. “The reduction of environmentally harmful materials is central to our business philosophy in 2010 and a top priority going forward.”
Powermode guarantees that Q-on UPS systems, including accessories and packaging materials (but excluding any locally-sourced components) are in compliance with the RoHS directives of the European Union.
Although RoHS compliance is not a legal requirement in SA, Hampton maintains that many of the hazardous substances banned by the RoHS directive appear in readily available electronic and electric devices, particularly those manufactured in South Africa.
“They are potential pollution risks and expose employees at manufacturing and recycling plants to significant health dangers,” he adds.